National Fried Chicken Day just passed, sparking thoughts about how some people aren't fans of this beloved dish. Whether it's the texture, taste, or safety concerns around hot oil, fried chicken isn't everyone's cup of tea—whether in a pan, with a fan, in a car, up a tree, or anywhere else you see it served. If fried chicken isn't your comfort food go-to, what dish hits the spot for you when you need a culinary hug?

I put that question out this weekend on our Facebook page and we got lots of great responses.

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Gayle was in for Chili or Goulash as her go-to comfort food.  So many ways to make Chili.  Do you have a favorite chili recipe? I once had a chili called Cadillac Chili and it was more of a soup but they swore it was a chili.

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 Valerie's ultimate comfort food is meatloaf, a dish with countless variations, each with its own merits. My mom used to make an exceptional meatloaf that I still attempt to replicate. The secret to its perfection lies in the topping—a blend of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. When this mixture caramelizes, it creates a flavor explosion that's absolutely irresistible.
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Angie shared a comforting dish packed with delightful extras. While Stouffer's has been my go-to for lasagna, despite watching countless YouTube tutorials on making it from scratch, I've yet to dive in and try it myself. Have you ever attempted to make a homemade lasagna? Garfield the Cat makes it seem so effortless... to devour, at least!

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Roberta hit the jackpot with a classic comfort food favorite: Mac & Cheese. It's creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-delicious. While it's hard to go wrong with this dish, trust me, it can be done. Cheese lovers, rejoice!

I list these next two like a modern-day Reese's, but it's all natural here.

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Christine is spot on: Peanut Butter! Not only does it bring comfort, but it also offers a mouthwatering recipe for a delectable chicken drizzle. Peanut butter is truly a versatile delight.

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Elise with the one-word slam dunk, CHOCOLATE.

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Ruca, you had me at Ben & Jerry's.  I don't know if there's anything bad after those words flavor-wise. (Insert angels singing, heavenly angels, please not the Anaheim Angels)

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For Dave, there is no comfort in food.  You?

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